Secular Coalition for Washington Monthly Conference Call

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 16:00 - 16:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - Washington Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Tuesday, November at 1pm PT

 

Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Washington chapter page at secular.org
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
  • Thank you for joining us for the Secular Coalition for Washington monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) lobbying organization representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • Based in Washington DC, we are working to make sure that you are heard on Capitol Hill, on the federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.
State Government Update - November Elections
  • U.S. Senate
    • Senator Maria Cantwell won re-election
  • U.S. House
    • Washington gained one seat after the 2010 census and will elect 10 representatives
    • All 10 seats in the U.S. House are up for election
    • The Democratic Party picked up 1 seat and now holds 6 seats and the Republican Party holds 4 seats
  • Governor
    • Jay Inslee (D)
  • State Senate
    • 26 seats up for election 
    • Democratic party maintained  a 27-22 majority
  • State Assembly
    • All 98 seats up for election 
    • Democratic party lost 1 seat, but maintained a 56-42 majority
Issues/Events
  • Referendum 74  same-sex marriage Passed
  • Initiative 502 legalizing marijuana Passed
  • Any issues or events?

Chapter Development Status

  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
      • Co-Chairs/Lobbying: Scotty Mack and Paula Fraser
      • Tech: Doug Schafer (looking for additional help here)
      • Communications: Jennifer Baker
      • At-large EC members/Enthusiastic volunteers: John Lawhead and Shawn Stonebraker
      • Anyone one else interested? Email Kelly@secular.org
    • Volunteer List
      • Those who do not wish to be on the Executive Committee, but still want to play an active role and help out once there is work to be done, please email  Kelly@secular.org
  • Next Steps: 
    • SCA Recommendations:
      • Build a coalition
      • Gather supporters
      • Develop resources
      • Create relationships with lawmakers
      • Fundraising
      • Monitor legislation and regulation
    • EC Memo:
      • Review SCA website
        • See about us, issues and powerpoints especially
      • Familarize with WA Constitution
      • Educate on relevant issues
        • SCA website and state legislation tracking will help with this
      • Invite other groups
        • building the coalition!
      • Seek lobbying training assistance
        • Summer 2013
      • Business Cards
        • Starter kit coming soon
      • Publicity events
      • Presentations
      • Facebook
      • Coordinate with other states
        • Gmail group
  • Resources Status 
    • Website
      • WA.secular.org launch in about 2 weeks
      • Temporarily: Secular.org>States>Your State>Washington 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Changing call schedule
      • Agendas and Call replays available on the Washington chapter page 
      • Looking into technologies to assist with online discussion 
    • Logo - available on chapter page and facebook page
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for Washington 
    • Future Resources 
      • Promotional resources- brochures, stickers, buttons, handouts 
      • Informational resources – Research, fact sheets and policy papers 
      • Trainings and Guides – media and lobby trainings and guides 
    • National Resources 
      • Powerpoints –available at secular.org/resources 
      • National Secular Calendar – secular.org homepage
      •  National Secular Update Weekly Conference Call - Thursdays at Noon 559-726-1300 Code 199568
Wrap Up
  • What the SCA is doing until the next call:
    • Getting resources in place
    • Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
    • Identifying leadership and putting Executive Committee members in contact with each other
  • What you can do:
    • Email Kelly@secular.org if interested in leadership or volunteering
    • Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
    • Check out Washington’s state chapters page for updates
    • Like the Facebook page
    • Spread the word!

 

Contact Information
  • Kelly Damerow
  • Research and Advocacy Manager, Secular Coalition for America
  • Email: kelly@secular.org
  • Phone: 202-299-1091 ext. 204
Thank You!
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